Remembering the end of the Civil War

Although General Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia on April 9, 1865, the war was not over.   Scattered resistance continued for several weeks.  There were still Confederate armies in the field and the final battle of the war did not happen until May 12-13 in south Texas, at the battle of Palmito Ranch.  However, Confederate commanders did begin

Inspired to help

Cancer sufferers of all ages inspired Monticello fourth grader Logan Chupp to grow out his hair this school year. Now that it has surpassed the 8 inch minimum, he will have it cut this week and donate it to Children With Hair Loss, an organization that provides wigs to children.

Allerton concert series lineup announced

Allerton Park and Retreat Center is has announced the line-up for its 2015 Concert Series presented by the University of Illinois Employees Credit Union (UIECU). The Series runs throughout the spring, summer, and fall with a variety of musical genres performed in the unique natural setting at Allerton Park, 515 Old Timber Rd., Monticello.

Ivesdale to reapply for water works grant

The Village of Ivesdale is going to reapply for a water works grant. Last year the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity denied the village’s Community Development Assistance Program grant application for a $150,000 two-phase water system project.

PARCC testing goes well in area districts

Any fear surrounding the new, computer-based Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) tests at area public schools was – for the most part – erased with the reality of the four-week testing window opening earlier in March.

No changes for garbage hauling ordinance

A pair of proposed tweaks to Monticello’s new waste hauling ordinance were shot down by aldermen at Monday night’s city council session.

A city staff proposal to reduce hauling licenses in the ordinance from four to three received an immediate negative reaction from Alderman John Miller.

Students compose books, then share with first graders

Washington Elementary School fifth grade students came up with their own books, taking the lead of children’s titles by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond that include “If You Give a Moose a Muffin” and “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.” Local students came up with their own stories, illustrations, bound the volumes and read them to first graders at Lincoln Elementary School on Mar

Entries open for Fair Queen pageant

The 2015 Miss and Junior Miss Piatt County Fair Queen Pageant and 2015 Parade of Princesses will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 16 at the fairgrounds in Cerro Gordo.

The fair is currently seeking contestants for Miss, Junior Miss and Parade of Princesses divisions.

Cerro Gordo approves administrative restructuring

A number of personnel decisions were made at Cerro Gordo’s monthly school board meeting Wednesday (March 18) but none may have a bigger impact than the board’s decision to reduce the number of district principals from three to two.

Kepley, Lawson renewed at Bement schools

The Bement school board has renewed the contracts of middle school/high school Principal Doug Kepley and Curriculum Coordinator Jill Lawson.

At its March 18 meeting, board members renewed Kepley through the 2016-17 school year and Lawson through 2015-16.

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